The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is a peer-reviewed medical journal published 48 times a year by the American Medical Association. It publishes original research, reviews, and editorials covering all aspects of biomedicine. The journal was established in 1883 with Nathan Smith Davis as the founding editor. The journal's interim editor-in-chief was Phil Fontanarosa, who succeeded Howard Bauchner of Boston University on July 1, 2021. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo of the University of California San Francisco became the journal editor-in-chief on July 1, 2022.
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Transactions of the American Medical Association; Councilor's Bulletin; Bulletin of the American Medical Association; Journal of the American Medical Association
American Medical Association (United States)
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The journal was established in 1883 by the American Medical Association and superseded the Transactions of the American Medical Association. Councilor's Bulletin was renamed the Bulletin of the American Medical Association, which later was absorbed by the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 1960, the journal obtained its current title, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. The journal is commonly referred to as JAMA.
Continuing medical educationEdit
Continuing Education Opportunities for Physicians was a semiannual journal section providing lists for regional or national levels of continuing medical education (CME). Between 1937 and 1955, the list was produced either quarterly or semiannually. Between 1955 and 1981, the list was available annually, as the number of CME offerings increased from 1,000 (1955) to 8,500 (1981). In 2016, CME transitioned into a digital offering from the JAMA Network called JN Learning CME & MOC from JAMA Network. JN Learning provides CME and MOC credit from article and audio materials published within all 12 JAMA Network journals, including JAMA.
Publication of article by Barack ObamaEdit
On 11 July 2016, JAMA published an article by Barack Obama entitled "United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps", which was the first academic paper ever published by a sitting U.S. president. The article was not subject to blind peer-review. It argued for specific policies that future presidents could pursue in order to improve national health care reform implementation.
After the controversial 1999 firing of an editor-in-chief, George D. Lundberg, a process was put in place to ensure editorial freedom. A seven-member journal oversight committee was created to evaluate the editor-in-chief and to help ensure editorial independence. Since its inception, the committee has met at least once a year. Presently, JAMA policy states that article content should be attributed to authors, not to the publisher.
From 1964 to 2013, JAMA used images of artwork on its cover and it published essays commenting on the artwork. According to former editor George Lundberg, this practice was designed to link the humanities and medicine. In 2013, a format redesign moved the art feature to an inside page, replacing an image of the artwork on the cover with a table of contents. The purpose of the redesign was to standardize the appearance of all journals in the JAMA Network.
In a February 2021 podcast, a JAMA deputy editor proposed that "structural racism is an unfortunate term to describe a very real problem" and that "taking racism out of the conversation would help" to ensure "all people who lived in disadvantaged circumstances have equal opportunities to become successful and have better qualities of life". JAMA's tweet promoting the podcast posed the Socratic question "No physician is racist, so how can there be structural racism in health care?" The comments and the JAMA tweet were immediately criticized by some in the medical community, resulting in the deletion of both the podcast and promotional tweet. Editor-in-chief Bauchner issued a statement saying "Comments made in the podcast were inaccurate, offensive, hurtful, and inconsistent with the standards of JAMA", and the deputy editor resigned. Bauchner was placed on administrative leave, and also subsequently resigned 
In response to the controversy, the JAMA interim editor published a joint statement with other JAMA Network editors outlining priorities and approaches to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the journals, and the journal's August 17, 2021 issue was devoted to the theme of racial and ethnic disparities and inequities in medicine and health care. Public commenters noted that the resignation of the 2 editors was an unfortunate substitute for meaningful conversations about racism and health care.
Previous chief editorsEdit
The following persons have been editor-in-chief of JAMA:
- Nathan S. Davis (1883–1888)
- John B. Hamilton (1889, 1893–1898)
- John H. Hollister (1889–1891)
- James C. Culbertson (1891–1893)
- Truman W. Miller (1899)
- George H. Simmons (1899–1924)
- Morris Fishbein (1924–1949)
- Austin Smith (1949–1958)
- Johnson F. Hammond (1958–1959)
- John H. Talbott (1959–1969)
- Hugh H. Hussey (1970–1973) 
- Robert H. Moser (1973–1975)
- William R. Barclay (1975–1982)
- George D. Lundberg (1982–1999)
- Catherine D. DeAngelis (2000–2011)
- Howard C. Bauchner (2011–2021)
Abstracting and indexingEdit
The JAMA journal is abstracted and indexed in:
- Academic OneFile
- Academic Search
- BIOSIS Previews
- Biological Abstracts
- CAB Abstracts
- Chemical Abstracts
- Current Index to Statistics
- Current Contents/Clinical Medicine
- Current Contents/Life Sciences
- Elsevier BIOBASE
- Global Health
- Index Medicus/MEDLINE/PubMed
- Science Citation Index
- Tropical Diseases Bulletin
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